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Top 10 Destinations to Photograph In Namibia

 

Namibia, located in Southeast Africa, is a picturesque safari destination that is rich in culture and nature- not overrun with synthetic tourist attractions.

 

If you love photographing awe-inspiring landscapes and using film to capture different wildlife species in their natural habitats, then you’ll be happy to know that Namibia has countless destinations for your photography aspirations.

 

Below, are 10 different destinations to visit in Namibia for killer photos

 

  1. Waterberg Plateau Park

 

Located in mid-Namibia, this park boasts springs and red sandstone scenery and is great for private walking tours, though it does offer guided driving and walking tours.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Springs
  • Rhino
  • Sable
  • Brown hyena
  • Leopard (from afar, don’t approach!)
Rhino

Rhino

  1. Tsau National Park

 

This park is located along the Diaz coast, and is full of wildlife as a result. This park is more of a location than a destination and is difficult to tour privately. The wildlife here is not large or easy to see, but if you enlist the help of an experienced guide, you can get good shots of the smaller wildlife and plants.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Flora (plants and trees)
  • Granite mountains
  • African penguin (rare)
  • Flamingo (rare)
  • Granite Cross at Coast Rocky Desert

 

  1. Nkasa Rupara National Park

 

This park is known as the best bird-watching destination, and for good reason! It is home to various bird species that are perfect for unique photographs. It is water-rich and largely undeveloped.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Birds
  • Antelope
  • Uncommon buffalo breeds
  • Elephant
  • Hippopotamus
  • Nile Crocodile

 

  1. Bwabwata National Park

 

This newer park is home to previously poached wildlife that are now being preserved and protected. As a result, this park is less touristy than other national parks- it’s trending not trendy. There are two rivers and woodlands, making this park diverse in its flora and fauna.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Elephants
  • Buffalo
  • Antelope
  • Lions
  • Wild dog
  • Sunrise over the white beaches

 

  1. Etosha National Park

 

Also known as ‘Great White Place,’ this park is located in the upper Namibia region, and I is the best park for photographing wildlife, especially during the dry season.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Rhino
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebra
  • Jackal
  • Antelope
Lion

Lion

  1. Damaraland

 

Located in the Kunene Region, this park is one of the few unofficial destinations that are great for photography, with less wildlife and more scenery.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Twijfelfontein Rock Ancient Engravings
  • Mountain ranges
  • Open plains
  • Desert elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Green landscape

 

  1. Skeleton Coast National Park

 

Located on the Atlantic desert coast, this park is covered in fog as a result of the temperature contrast between the ocean and the desert.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Shipwrecks along the shoreline
  • Fog rolling in over the coast
  • Cape Fur Seal

 

  1. Zambezi Region

 

This region is a large and narrow area at the very northeast border of Namibia that contains many parks, lending itself to great biodiversity including uncommon wildlife due to its wetter-than-average climate.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Crocodiles
  • Buffalo
  • Hippopotamus
  • Goose
  • Zebra
  • Elephant
  • Rare antelope breeds
  • Sunrise over the lagoon
  • Aerial view of former Caprivi Strip

 

  1. Namib-Naukluft National Park

 

This park is a perfect tourist attraction because it contains great scenery and fascinating wildlife. There aren’t any big lions and tigers, but less common smaller wildlife strewn through shape-shifting sand dunes.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Oryx
  • Red sand dunes
  • Zebra
  • Desert bush
  • Jackal
  • Antelope

 

  1. Mudumu National Park

 

This park is an epicenter for wildlife migration, meaning that you can find a wide variety of animals passing through at any given time. This park used to be the site of heavy poaching, but many species are now being reintroduced to this area to promote a rich wildlife population.

 

Some great things to photograph at this park:

 

  • Elephant
  • Buffalo
  • Antelope
  • Lion
  • Giraffe
  • Figs
  • Warthog
  • Various birds
  • Eagle

 

So, there you have it: ten different Namibia destinations and the many places and things you can photograph while you’re visiting them.

 

Check out our Sossusvlei photo tour and see some of Namibia’s most famous dunes. 

If you care about wild spaces and wildlife, consider checking out Save The Elephants who are doing great work to save wildlife across Africa.

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